Proposal Guidelines

Guidelines for Brief Proposal

Authors/editors should submit a brief proposal for feedback from the Series Editors before developing a full proposal. The two- to four-page brief proposal should include:

  • the book concept,
  • its potential contribution to practice and literature,
  • its appropriateness for the Center for Engaged Learning Open Access Book Series,
  • an indication of the anticipated format (e.g., authored book or edited collection, estimated number of chapters, and organizational structure),
  • brief information about the relevant qualifications of the authors/editors, and
  • a preliminary plan to promote the book at conferences, etc.

About Center for Engaged Learning Open Access Book Series

The Center for Engaged Learning (CEL) Open Access Book Series features concise, peer-reviewed books (both authored books and edited collections) for a multi-disciplinary, international, higher education audience interested in research-informed engaged learning practices.

The CEL Open Access Book Series offers an alternate publishing option for high-quality engaged learning books that align with the Center’s mission, goals, and initiatives, and that experiment with genre or medium in ways that take advantage of an online and open-access format.

Books are hosted as PDF or HTML texts on the Center for Engaged Learning’s website and are paired with additional open-access resources (e.g., videos, discussion questions, etc.).

Book authors/editors who publish in the series will join a community of scholars focused on engaged learning, with series books collectively marketed to faculty, staff, and administrators across higher education institution types around the globe.

The Series Editors

  • provide formative feedback to guide revisions and to help authors/editors embrace the affordances of open-access publications,
  • collaborate with book authors/editors on promoting their books to a broad, international audience of stakeholders in higher education,
  • offer strategies for showcasing books in conference presentations, and
  • support the development of robust supplemental resources that extend readers’ use and discussion of the books.

Series Audience

Authors/editors should “translate” their research/theories for broad audiences in higher education, including faculty, staff, faculty developers, students, administrators, and policy makers. Therefore, authors/editors should speak to the scholarship’s implications for higher education, including effective practices for teaching, curriculum design, and/or educational policies.

Expectations for Promoting Series Books

The Series Editors will collaborate with authors/editors to promote each book on the Center for Engaged Learning’s website, through social media, and by targeting conference sessions near publication dates.

Because supplemental resources boost book promotions, proposals for books in this series should include a preliminary list of supplemental resources (e.g., discussion questions for reading groups, videos and other multimedia resources related to the book topics, sample research materials that might otherwise appear in an appendix, etc.) that could be hosted with the book on the Center for Engaged Learning’s website (pending final review by the Center). Submitted manuscripts must include these supplemental materials. The Series Editors will share strategies for developing and curating these materials.


Please direct questions to Jennie Goforth, Managing Editor,